THE DECAY OF MONSTERS: HORROR MOVIES THROUGHOUT HISTORY
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In this thesis, I explore the rich history of horror films through their most popular and well-remembered entries. Using this analysis of why each individual movie is well-remembered, I examine them as products of their own time and as classic media. This thesis discusses the concept of the "other", what the monsters and protagonists represent, and why this was important at the time the film was made. Following this, the thesis examines modem films and series, and the huge gap of quality between the well-rated films and the high-grossing films of the more modem era. Horror seems to have become stagnant, drawing more and more from other film genres and losing less of it's own evolution and style in recent years. Reflecting on the past with this thesis will hopefully allow us to see ways to fix and continue to evolve the horror movie genre.